Sri Nabin Pattanayak
Hon’ble Chief Minister
On 15th October Raigad police arrested leading member of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samity - Sathi Dhadi Kadraka from Muniguda and brutally assaulted him. To lodge protest against such undemocratic and unruly act of your police, National Vice- President of Samajwadi Jan Parisad Satihi Lingraj Azad has convened a peaceful demonstration on 23rdOctober at Raigard. But Police constantly putting pressure upon Satihi Lingraj Azad to postpone the programme on 23rd October. Even S.P of the neighbouring district Kalahandi called Satihi Lingraj Azad at PS and put pressure on him to postpone 23rd October program. These kind of arm twisting act of your police administration is not only undemocratic, abuse of power but also violates the fundamental right of assembly and freedom of expression.
You are aware that Niyamgirii Suraksha Samity has all along organised various kinds of movements in a peaceful democratic manner to protect interest of the Adibasi community of Nyamgiri Hills from the attempt of the Vedanta Company to take over Nyamgiri hills for boxite mining.
You may recall that by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court opinion of the Adibasi inhabitants was taken. At that time despite all kinds of harassment, allurement and fear let lose by the Vedanta Company with the active aid of the state and central govt. and also ignoring the call of the Maoist to boycott opinion poll not a single vote was given in favour of Vedanta Company.
It seems that Vendata Company again appears in the scene and Orissa police is acting at the behest of the Vedanta Company to destroy the peaceful democratic struggle of the innocent Adibasi of Nyamgiri Hills to save their life, livelihood and environment in and around the Niyamgiri Hills from the clutch of the ill famed Vedanta Company.
We strongly condemn such illegal act of your police appeal to you to restrain the Raygard Police from creating any obstruction for holding peaceful demonstration of Nyamgiri Surksha Samity to be held on 23rd. October.
Kamal Krishna Banerjee
Samajwadi Jan Parisad
Jalpaiguri (West Bengal)